Police Brutality And Racial Profiling

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Police brutality and Racial Profiling “Welcome to Ferguson”. Is racial profiling still a problem as many say, or are they just making a big deal about it? According to a race relation expert Nittle, “Racial profiling is a form of discrimination by which law enforcement uses a person’s race or cultural background as the primary reason to suspect that the individual has broken the law”. (racerelations.about.com) Racial problems have been in existence since the time of slavery. Although, African Americans gained rights and freedoms, racism never died down. Tensions between the Caucasians and African Americans were still strong. African Americans resent whites because of the way white people mistreated them during slavery. Until this day, many believe African Americans still wear a chip on their shoulders about racism. “Almost four decades after embarking on fundamental reforms that would guarantee formal equality to all of its citizens, the United States still finds itself telling very different stories about race and about the prevalence of racism”. (Gutierrez-Jones 1). Previous measures have been taken but still the tensions have not reduced between races in America. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination between race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Therefore, theoretically creating equality through all races, religions, and sexes. Although, there is not one particular constituency or group that has this at the center of their platform, many groups such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) give much effort to issue such as police brutality and racial profiling. “In the 21st century, our many simultaneous fights for civil and human rights cannot be segregated by con... ... middle of paper ... ...hat officer was found not guilty. Tensions were raised immensely across America after what happened on that fatal day. “Michael Brown Sr. requests no protests during his son 's funeral on Monday. ‘All I want is peace while my son is being laid to rest,’ he said during the St. Louis Peace Fest” (USA Today). Is it possible to suspect that since Ferguson is a two-thirds black community, could the African Americans possibly be targeting the white policemen instead of the police targeting the African Americans? Media plays a huge role in the community’s feelings pertaining the riots. It seems to appear that news reporters and journalist are telling the community how to think and feel about the riots. We as human beings have to stand our ground when it comes to problems in America such as this, think on our own and not depend solely on the Medias perspective of a problem.
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